OK, so I haven't hit up all 30 MLB Parks yet. I will, eventually. Like the economy, my travel plans have hit the wall....for now . But this past Wednesday was a little personal milestone for me. Having seen the Royals play the Angels in Anaheim this past Wedensday, 5/15/2013, I can now officially say that I have seen all 30 MLB teams in action live !!! Another one of these "so-called" baseball fans bucket list of things I can now cross off. And it only took me 31 years to do this !!!!
Being a Dodgers fan growing up in L.A. , I never really had many chances of going out to Anaheim and catching an Angels game. And since my childhood was long before InterLeague play, ( I can't believe I said that !!!! ), seeing teams from the AL was almost impossible. ( My first game involving AL teams was in Oakland in September 1992 between the A's and Red Sox, before Mt. Davis...) . As interleague play came to play in 1997, it became easier to see other AL teams. ( FYI, I was originally opposed to interleague play when it first started...) . I was asked by a casual fan at the game the other night what the experiences we're like seeing each team. I couldn't quite come up with an answer for that. Had he asked what the experiences we're like in each stadium i've travelled, I would have a lot to talk about. I will say one thing, being that I love to keep score, I do notice that my scorecards in the NL tend to be somewhat "messier" than the one's in the AL....
However, my ballpark journey's have allowed me to see as many teams possible. But even with all the travelling I've done over the years and with the help of interleague play, until Wednesday I had never seen the Royals live. They only came to Dodger Stadium in 2003 and other times I just never really had the chance to make the trip to Anaheim from L.A. to see them. ( I only make it to about 1 or 2 Angels games as opposed to about 10 to 15 Dodger games a year ).
This is also a little personal milestone for me because of all the major sports baseball I would say is the one sport that is affordable, plus, I in many ways feel that to say that you've seen every professional team in a major sport play live really is not an easy feat in itself, especially for many fans who don't live in 2 market cities like L.A., New York, Chicago, or the Bay Area . Oh yeah, let's not forget costs either. ( And i'm not talking about the fortunate season ticket holders either....). I mean, really, let's take football for example. Only 16 games a year, most of us would be fortunate if we made it to 1 game a year !!!!
So here it is !!! All 30...MLB teams live that is. My quest to 30 MLB Parks will continue.... Some day. But like baseball, my quest is to be taken at a leisurly pace. And on one final note, for those of you who haven't done all 30 yards, have you seen all 30 teams ? If not, it's all good. It only took me 31 years to accomplish that !!!